Songwriting for Dummies - 2nd Edition by Jim Peterik & Dave Austin & Cathy Lynn (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 7.4 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.15 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Music
Sub-Genre: Instruction & Study
Publisher: For Dummies
Format: Paperback
Author: Jim Peterik & Dave Austin & Cathy Lynn
Language: English
Street Date: February 5, 2020
TCIN: 79328746
UPC: 9781119675655
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-6572
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

This edition originally published in 2010.

Book Synopsis

Proven techniques for songwriting success

This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of the recording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harness social media networks to get your music "out there." You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing -- and selling -- meaningful, timeless songs.

  • Songwriting 101 -- get a grip on everything you need to know to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice" to creating a "mood" and everything in between
  • Jaunt around the genres -- discover the variety of musical genres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel, country, or more
  • Let the lyrics out -- master the art of writing lyrics, from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to using hooks, verses, choruses, and bridges
  • Make beautiful music -- find your rhythm, make melodies, and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song
  • Work the Web -- harness online marketing and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heard by a whole new audience

Open the book and find:

  • What you need to know before you write a single note
  • Tips on finding inspiration
  • Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics
  • Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamline songwriting
  • A look at famous songwriting collaborators
  • Writing for stage, screen, and television
  • How to make a demo to get your song heard
  • Advice on how to make money from your music

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you're probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Songwriting For Dummies (9780470615140). The book you see here shouldn't be considered a new or updated product. But if you're in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We're always writing about new topics!

From the Back Cover

  • Explore songwriting genres to find your fit
  • Try your hand at writing lyrics and discover your own voice
  • Create demo recordings of your latest songs

Proven techniques for songwriting success

This friendly, hands-on guide shares insight from songwriters who've written legendary songs that have gotten airplay for five decades. Discover tips on identifying the music genre that best fits your talents, building your own lyric-writing voice, and creating music and melodies. This book also guides you through collaborating with other writers, creating demo recordings, and navigating the business of professional songwriting.


  • Finding songwriting inspiration
  • Using poetic devices in lyrics
  • Adding in rhythm and melody
  • Writing for stage, screen, and television
  • Collaborating with other songwriters
  • Making money from your music

About the Author

Jim Peterik, a Grammy-winning songwriter, has written many Billboard Top 10 hits, including the legendary #1 hit "Eye of the Tiger". Dave Austin is a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Presidential Award" recipient. Cathy Lynn is a screenwriter and nonfiction writer.

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